Theatrical release poster by Steven Chorney
|Directed by||Roger Young|
|Produced by||Albert S. Ruddy|
|Written by||David Taylor|
|Music by||Ken Thorne|
|Edited by||Benjamin A. Weissman|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
Lassiter (also known as The Magnificent Thief) is a 1984 American spy adventure action film starring Tom Selleck and Jane Seymour. The movie was made to cash in on Selleck's popularity as the character Thomas Magnum in the television show Magnum, P.I., but it failed to return its budget at the box-office on release. The Magnum, P.I. connection is perhaps most clearly seen by the movie poster tagline: The Magnum Man Hits the Big Screen with a Vengeance.
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Nick Lassiter (Tom Selleck) is a gentleman jewel thief in 1939 London, England. He is arrested by the police after breaking into a London mansion and, after being a member of a phony lineup in which he is positively identified by a law enforcement plant, British law enforcement and the FBI blackmail Lassiter to break into the German Embassy and steal $10 million in Nazi diamonds from a German spy (Lauren Hutton), but first he must locate their hiding place. The gems are en route to South America and will be sold to help finance Hitler's military buildup.
- Tom Selleck as Nick Lassiter
- Jane Seymour as Sara Wells
- Lauren Hutton as Kari Von Fursten
- Bob Hoskins as Inspector John Becker
- Joe Regalbuto as Peter Breeze
- Ed Lauter as Smoke
- Warren Clarke as Max Hofer
- Edward Peel as Sgt. Allyce
- Christopher Malcolm as Quaid
- Peter Skellern as Pianist
- Harry Towb as Roger Boardman
- Belinda Mayne as Helen Boardman
- W. Morgan Sheppard as Sweeny
- Brian Coburn as Burto Gunz
- David Warbeck as Muller
- Nicholas Bond-Owen as Freddie
Lassiter grossed over $17.5 million dollars at the box office against a $20 million dollar budget, making this a commercial failure.
The film received mixed reviews from critics. Lassiter currently holds a 71% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 7 reviews.